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The Scarlet Letter Wilt thou let me be at peace if I once tell thee asked Hester In Nathaniel Hawthornes The Scarlet Letter life is centered around a stiff Puritan society in which one can not indulge in their deepest thoughts Puritan society does not let human beings show how they really feel Therefore Hester had to seek refuge to explore her inner thoughts such as the forest In the forest Hester brings out many hidden emotions Hester shows her love for Dimmsdale and the forest is a place where the both of them may have an open conversation without the constraints of Puritan society The forest is a symbol of freedom Nobody ever watched over the forest as a place of misbehavior that is why people went there to do what they wanted Throw off the shackles of law and religion What good have they done you anyway Look at you a young and vibrant women grown old before your time And no wonder hemmed in as you are on every side of prohibitions Why you can hardly walk without tripping over the commandment or another Come to me and be masterless Of coarse Hester takes advantage of this when she meets with Dimmsdale in the forest She talks to him about things they could never imagine to discuss in any other place except the forest What we did had a concecration of its own we felt it so we said to eachother Dimmsdale is shocked and tries to hush Hester but realizes he is in the safety of the forest and no one else may hear them Just the thought of Hester speaking to Dimmsdale in their society is un mentionable Yet in the forest they may feel free to do as they wish and not have to worry about any one else knowing In Puritan society every one is assumed to be selfrelient The puritans believe that you should have
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